GLENDALE, AZ — Get ready, Cards fans, because football season is almost back!
The Arizona Cardinals and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury will report to State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Wednesday, July 24, for the first day of training camp, and the team will hold its first open practice on Thursday, July 25.
Between now and the middle of August, the Bird Gang will hold 14 free two-hour public practices. (They will also host two preseason games against the Los Angeles Chargers on August 8 and the Oakland Raiders on August 15, but you need tickets to those. At last check, tickets started at $28 for both of those games.)
If you're planning to head out to the stadium for an early look at this year's team at practice, here is everything you -- the fans -- need to know.
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
- July 25, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- July 26, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
- July 27, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- July 28, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
- July 30, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- July 31, 10:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
- August 1, 10:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
- August 3, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Red and White practice)
- August 5, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- August 6, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
- August 10, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
- August 11, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- August 12, 10:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
- August 17, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
PARKING, ADMISSION, & SECURITY
Both parking and admission to the Arizona Cardinals' training camp are free.
Fans will be able to park in the "green" and "gray" lots during the week and on weekends. The Cardinals are recommending motorists enter the green lot from 91st Avenue. The "orange" lot will also be open for Saturday and Sunday practices. The parking lots open one hour before the start of practice.
Gates to State Farm Stadium open 30 minutes before practice starts. Fans can enter through gate 2 (near team shop) or gate 3 (east side of stadium). For Saturday and Sunday practices, gate 1 will also be open.
Security will be similar to game days. Fans will have to go through metal detectors and the NFL's "clear bag" policy will be in effect. That means fans will be limited to one clear gallon-sized bag or a small clutch or purse. You can read more about what is and is not allowed into the stadium here.
WHERE TO SIT
According to the Arizona Cardinals website, fans will be able to watch practice from the lower-level seats on the east side of the stadium. On weekends, when attendance is presumably higher, the lower level on the west side of the stadium will be open.
WHAT TO DO
Aside from watching the Bird Gang take to the field and run a few plays and throw a few passes, there will be other activities happening around the stadium.
Kids Interactive Zone (north side of main concourse): Kids will be able to run through an inflatable obstacle course and do combine-like football drills. There will be a registration table outside the kids area.
Children's Autograph Experience (north side of main concourse): Kids, aged 2-12, can register for an autograph experience with some players after practice. The registration table is near the Kids Interactive Zone and will be available on a first come, first served basis. The experience will not be available on Aug. 3 (the Red and White practice) or after Aug 12.
Player autographs: After practice, some players may come to the lower walls to sign autographs.
Cox Fan Zone (near Section 125): Fans can take their picture with Arizona Cardinals-themed filters. The photos will either be texted to fans or can be printed and added to a Cardinals mosaic.
Big Red & Cardinals Cheerleaders autographs: The Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders will be signing autographs near Section 122.
Team Shop: The team shop will be open during all open practices and will have the latest team gear. It is located near gate 2.
Ticket Zone: Those interested in buying tickets to future Cards games can purchase tickets near section 135.
Concessions: You cannot watch football without a snack or two. Well, some of the concession stands will be open throughout the stadium.
Specific details on the team's annual "Red and White" practice would be announced at a later date, according to the team's website. Right now, it is scheduled for August 3, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
IF YOU GO:
Arizona Cardinals Training Camp at State Farm Stadium
1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, AZ 85305